Economic Opportunity Archive

  • How Governors Scale High-Quality Youth Apprenticeship

    (View/Download) Executive Summary The outlook for high school graduates who have no postsecondary or industry-recognized credentials can appear bleak. Today, it is critical that young people obtain at least some training ...

  • Access & Completion

    Employment projections show that the majority of job growth will occur in occupations that require a postsecondary vocational certificate or academic degree. Yet despite the need for skills upgrading and postsecondary ...

  • Postsecondary Education

    Postsecondary education is more important to states than ever before. Within the next decade, nearly two-thirds of the jobs in the U.S. will require some form of college credential. To meet that demand, states must lead ...

  • Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship

    Industries in every state are struggling to find qualified applicants for jobs, while job seekers too often find they lack the skills needed to enter or move along a career pathway to a good job. Preparing a workforce that ...

  • Workforce Development

    A top priority of the nation’s governors is developing the skilled and knowledgeable workforce required for states to be economically competitive in the global economy. To achieve this, state workforce and education ...

  • Two-Generation Approaches to Serving Low-Income Families

    Parent well-being and child well-being are inextricably linked. However, many policies and programs aimed at improving family economic security and child well-being often do not consider the needs of children and parents ...

  • Juvenile Justice

    Strengthening juvenile justice systems and improving outcomes for justice-involved youth is a top priority of the nation’s governors. We know that involvement in the criminal justice system as a juvenile often leads to ...

  • Integrated Data Systems for Human Service Programs

    Integrated data systems can help eliminate many of the barriers that can prevent full access to human services for low-income families. Integrated data systems allow multiple systems to exchange and use information to ...